STAR Awards finalists

2016 STAR Awards Finalists announced!

Thank you to those who nominated individuals and teams across all the 2016 STAR Awards categories. Well done to every one of the 48 nominees for their contribution to safety in our industry.

Congratulations to the finalists for the 2016 STAR Awards. Our independent judging panel said these individuals and teams stand out for their level of commitment to making safety a priority in the workplace. Their work is changing lives.

And the finalists are … 


Safety By Design Award


  • Shaun McGowan – Altitude Resurfacing

For the design of a wireless remote control blaster unit.

  • Tower Refurbishment Team – Northpower

For the design of a protective blast suit.

  • Upper South Island Diversity Fibre Cable Team – ElectroNet

For the design of an aluminium ‘man cage’ and an alternative cable route.


Safety Innovation Award


  • Lisa Brown – Opus International Consultants

For the development of a ‘Working Alone’ smartphone app.

  • LIV-WTK Wiring Team – Broadspectrum

For the development of an automated reel winder.

  • Tower Painting Team – Northpower

For the development of a protective blast suit.


Team Safety Award


  • Bunnythorpe-Haywards Re-conductoring Project Team – Electrix & Transpower
  • MNG-ROS Marine Foundation Team – Electrix
  • Wilton Substation 110kV Bus Rationalization Project Team – Broadspectrum


Workplace Safety Leadership Award – Individual


  • Jeremy Collins – Northpower
  • Johan Hepburn – Electrix
  • Rachel Leadbeater Bailey – Electrix
  • Jessie Phillips – Northpower


Depot Award

The judges decided the nominations received in this category were too few and did not adequately meet the judging criteria.

As a result, the judges have decided to pull this category from this year’s Awards, but have issued a challenge to all Service Provider Depots to gain nominations for the next STAR Awards. They feel this category covers an important part of our industry where high safety standards should be celebrated.


Supreme Award: Best Safety Culture


  • Electrix NL2 Team
  • Northpower Safety Leadership Programme
  • Northpower Tower Painting Team (Paraparaumu)